Amanda at The Sexist reminds us to check our privilege when facing slurs that compare us to other, more marginalized people.
Listen: I’m a heterosexual cisgender thin able-bodied atheist white lady. If someone attempts to insult me by using a slur that’s offensive to gays, or trans people, or a racial group, or the disabled, or fat people, or a religious group, it’s unhelpful for me to respond by saying, for example, “That’s offensive to gays, and also, I’m personally offended that you would ever compare me to a gay person.”That means you, US Airways.
Via Shakesville, John McCain is now officially against constitutional rights. But only if you did something illegal. And you're brown.
"Obviously [Mirandizing attempted Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad] would be a serious mistake...at least until we find out as much information we have. … Don't give this guy his Miranda rights until we find out what it's all about."—Senator John McCain, arguing that an American citizen should not be read his Miranda rights, lest, I guess, he be accidentally afforded those rights. Or something.Melissa just isn't American enough to know that withholding rights from U.S. citizens is totally patriotic now.
And now, work to do! Seminar papers to write!